The Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainable Strategy (IBES) at WKW’s Vienna University of Applied Sciences is a leading national and internationally renowned research centre in the fields of “Business Ethics” and “Strategy”. Urgent issues in ecologically, economically and socially sustainable corporate management are examined against the background of relevant topics such as “globalisation,” “climate change” and “digitalisation”.
A special focus is placed on the areas of “Business Ethics,” “Corporate Governance,” “Strategy & Competitiveness” and “Sustainability Management“. With its work, the Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainable Strategy contributes to a responsible and sustainable transformation of corporate practice.
IBES activities include research, teaching and knowledge transfer. The Institute pursues three concrete goals:
- contribute to international scientific discourse through excellent research projects and publications,
- training of students and future managers to become responsible members of society, and
- knowledge transfer through practical studies and the application-oriented processing of research results.
Excellent research and publications of the highest academic standard
The Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainable Strategy conducts academically rigorous research projects.
The results of the projects are regularly published in internationally renowned journals (e.g. Business Ethics Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics) and presented at relevant conferences.
The projects are carried out in cooperation with co-authors from leading international research institutions (e.g. INSEAD, Wharton Business School, University of California, Irvine).
Research-based and application-oriented teaching
The scholars of the Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainable Strategy are responsible for teaching in the fields of “Business Ethics,” “Strategy & Competitiveness” and “Sustainability Management” at FHWien der WKW.
The aim is to offer excellent teaching that provides students with a theoretical foundation of knowledge and at the same time features a strong application focus.
This goal is achieved through both the use of innovative and certified teaching concepts and the transfer of current research results in the individual courses.
Knowledge transfer: Research for application
The institute focuses on application-oriented research. Research results are intended to offer demonstrable added value for companies, organisations and politics and are therefore prepared in an application-oriented manner.
The findings are disseminated to the institute’s stakeholders in the form of practical studies, lectures, workshops, coaching and courses. In addition, the researchers regularly publish articles in transfer journals (e.g. California Management Review, MIT Sloan Management Review) and relevant blogs.
Through various communication channels (events, press, social media), knowledge is made available to a wider audience.